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Jason Keagy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Zoology
BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824
keagy@msu.edu

Curriculum Vitae: JASON KEAGY

Education:

Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2010. Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics Program.

B.S. The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA, summa cum laude. 2003. Major: Biology (honors), Minor: Computer Science.

Research Experience:

Postdoctoral Research Associate. 2010-present. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Advised by Dr. Jenny Boughman.

Graduate Student. 2003-2010. University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Cognitive performance and the evolution of multiple behavioral display traits. Advised by Dr. Gerald Borgia.

Research Assistant. 2003. Reproductive success and developmental stability of eastern bluebirds on golf courses. P.I.: Josh LeClerc, Dr. Daniel A. Cristol and Dr. John P. Swaddle (College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA).

Honors Thesis. 2002-2003. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA. Habitat destruction and source-sink dynamics: Are wetlands going down the drain? Advised by Dr. Daniel A. Cristol.

Research Assistant. 2001-2002. Created versus natural wetlands: avian communities in Virginia salt marshes. P.I.: David Desrochers and Dr. Daniel A. Cristol.

Research Assistant. 2001. Use of ponds by resident Canada Geese. P.I.: Phil West (US Fish and Wildlife Service and College of William and Mary) and Dr. Daniel A. Cristol (College of William and Mary).

Research Grants:

2014: BEACON, NSF Center for Study of Evolution in Action. Title: "Evolution of Reproductive Isolation through Mate Discrimination in Sticklebacks and Avida" ($139,712) (co-PIs: D. Bolnick, J. Boughman, M. Cummings, H. Hofmann, C. Ofria)

2002: Environmental Science and Policy Cluster Summer Research Grant, College of William and Mary ($2500)

2001: Mary E. Ferguson Memorial Summer Research Grant, College of William and Mary ($500)

Travel Grants:

2014: BEACON Evolution Travel Grant

2013: EEBB Travel Grant • BEACON Travel Grant (for travel to Behaviour meeting) • BEACON Evolution Travel Grant • Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) Evolution Travel Grant

2012: BEACON Evolution Travel Grant • International Society for Behvioral Ecology (ISBE) Travel Grant • BEACON Travel Grant (for travel to ISBE meeting) • Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) Research Exchange Grant

2010: International Society for Behvioral Ecology (ISBE) Travel Grant

2009: American Ornithological Union (AOU) Travel Grant • College of Chemical and Life Sciences Travel Grant • Jakob K. Goldhaber Graduate Student Travel Grant

2008: College of Chemical and Life Sciences Travel Grant

2007: Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics Travel Grant

Fellowships:

2010: Hockmeyer Fellowship, College of Chemical and Life Sciences, University of Maryland

2004-2005: 2 Year University of Maryland Graduate School Fellowship

Awards and Honors:

2013: Symposium chosen for Behaviour 2013, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK, Title: “Cognition and sexual selection: how does one influenced the other?” (with Neeltje Boogert)

2010: BEES Best Student Research Award, University of Maryland • Sigma Xi, University of Maryland Chapter • Animal Behavior Society Allee Competition Finalist

2009: American Ornithological Union (AOU) Best Student Talk • 3rd Place Poster (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science) Bioscience Day University of Maryland

2008: Jane Prichard Award for Excellence in Teaching • Best Poster (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science) Bioscience Day University of Maryland

2003: Outstanding Biology Research Student, College of William and Mary • Summa cum laude, College of William and Mary

2002: Mortar Board, College of William and Mary • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, College of William and Mary

1999-2003: Monroe Scholar, College of William and Mary

Publications:

Borgia, G. and Keagy, J. in press - anticipated publication date February 2015. Sexual selection and cognitive ability: what bowerbirds can teach us. In Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach. D. Irschick, M. Briffa, J. Podos, Eds. John Wiley and Sons.

Borgia, G., Coyle, B. and Keagy, J. 2012. Comment on "Illusions Promote Mating Success in Great Bowerbirds". Science. 337: 292-292. [pdf]

Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia. G. 2012. Cognitive ability and the evolution of multiple behavioral display traits. Behavioral Ecology. 23: 448-456. [free-access pdf]

Chappell, M.A., Savard, J-F, Siani, J., Coleman, S.W., Keagy, J., and Borgia, G. 2011. Aerobic capacity in wild satin bowerbirds: repeatability and effects of age, sex and condition. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 214: 3186-3196. [pdf]featured on cover [pdf]

Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. 2011. Complex relationship between multiple measures of cognitive ability and male mating success in satin bowerbirds, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus. Animal Behaviour. 81:1063-1070. [pdf]

Savard, J-F, Keagy, J., and Borgia, G. 2011. Blue, not UV, plumage color is important in satin bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus display. Journal of Avian Biology. 42: 80-84. [pdf]

Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. 2009. Male satin bowerbird problem-solving ability predicts mating success. Animal Behaviour. 78: 809-817. [pdf]featured in that issue's In Focus section [pdf]

Desrochers, D.W., Keagy, J.C., and Cristol, D.A. 2008. Created versus natural wetlands: Avian communities in Virginia salt marshes. Ecoscience. 15: 36-43. [pdf]

Borgia, G. and Keagy, J. 2006. An inverse relationship between decoration and food colour preferences in satin bowerbirds does not support the sensory drive hypothesis. Animal Behaviour. 72: 1125-1133.[pdf]

Keagy, J.C., Schreiber, S.J., and Cristol, D.A. 2005. Replacing sources with sinks: When do populations begin to go down the drain? Restoration Ecology . 13: 529-553. [pdf]

Presentations (first author):

Invited Talks:

2014 Keagy.J. and Borgia, G. 15th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, New York, NY, Talk title: “Sexual selection on male bowerbird cognitive performance” – invited for symposium titled, “Individual variation in cognition and consequences for life-history and fitness in natural populations” – covered in Science

2013 Keagy, J. and Boogert, N. Behaviour 2013, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK, Talk title: “Beautiful minds, brawny brains, and calculating choosers: Towards a better understanding of the interactions between cognition and sexual selection”. – introductory talk in symposium titled, “Cognition and sexual selection: how does one influence the other?”

2013 Keagy, J. Centre for Biodiversity Seminar Series, University of St. Andrews, Talk Title: “Using speciose sticklebacks to study cognitive evolution”

2012 Keagy, J. Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Seminar Series, Michigan State University, Talk title: "Smart and sexy? Cognitive aspects of display with a focus on bowerbirds"

2011 Keagy, J. Behavioral Biology Seminar Series, Michigan State University, Talk title: "Sexy bird nerds and the evolution of complex behavioral displays"

2010 Keagy, J. Biology Seminar Series, Towson University, Talk title: “Sex on the brain? Is intelligence sexy in the satin bowerbird?”

2007 Keagy, J. Topics in Neuroscience Seminar Series, University of Maryland, Talk title: “Male satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) problem solving ability influences mating success”

National/International Meetings:

2014 Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. Evolution 2014, Raleigh, NC, Talk title: "Sympatric species of stickleback differ in cognition and brain structure in ways consistent with adaptation to divergent environments”

2013 Keagy, J., Lettieri, L., and Boughman, J. Evolution 2013, Snowbird, UT, Talk title: "Male competition is not a diversifying force in sticklebacks"

2013 Keagy, J., Baird, A.*, Lehto, W.*, LoPresto, S.*, Minter, R*, Braithwaite, V., Neuberger, T., and Boughman, J. (* denotes undergrad mentee) Evolution 2013, Snowbird, UT, Poster title: "Using speciose sticklebacks to study cognitive evolution"

2012 Keagy, J., Lettieri, L., and Boughman, J. Evolution 2012, First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Talk title: Exploring the multidimensional male competition fitness landscape of a QTL mapping population"

2012 Keagy, J., Lettieri, L., and Boughman, J. 14th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, Lund, Sweden, Talk title: "Exploring the multidimensional male competition fitness landscape of a QTL mapping population"

2011 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. Behavior 2011, Joint meeting of the Animal Behavior Society and International Ethological Conference, Bloomington, IN, Talk title: "Cognitive ability and the evolution of multiple behavioral display traits"

2010 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. 13th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, Perth, WA, Australia, Poster title: "Male general cognitive ability influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)"

2010 Keagy, J. 47th Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, Allee Symposium Talk title: "Sexy bird nerds and the evolution of multiple behavioral display traits"

2009 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. 127th American Ornithological Union Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Talk title: "Male general cognitive ability influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird"

2009 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. Evolution Meeting, Moscow, IA Talk title: "Male general cognitive ability influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird"

2008 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. 12th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, Ithaca, NY, Talk title: “Male satin bowerbird problem solving ability influences mating success”

2007 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. 44th Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT, Talk title: “Male satin bowerbird cognitive ability may affect mating success”

Local Meetings:

2014 Keagy, J., Lettieri, L., and Boughman, J. BEACON Congress, Michigan State University, Talk title: "Male competition fitness landscape predicts both forward and reverse speciation"

2012 Keagy, J. EEBB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology) Graduate Colloquium, Michigan State University, Talk title: "Understanding cognitive evolution using bird nerds and speciose sticklebacks"

2011 Keagy, J. BEACON Friday Seminar, Michigan State University with teleconference to University of Texas-Austin, University of Washington, University of Idaho, and North Carolina A&T State University, Talk title: "Investigating cognitive evolution with sexy bird nerds and ecologically divergent fish"

2010 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. Organismal Biology Day, University of Maryland, Poster title: “Male general cognitive ability influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)"

2009 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. Bioscience Day, University of Maryland, Poster title: “Male general cognitive ability influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)"

2009 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. Organismal Biology Day, University of Maryland, Poster title: “Male intelligence influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)”

2008 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. Bioscience Day, University of Maryland, Poster title: “Male intelligence influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)”

2008 Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. Organismal Biology Day, University of Maryland, Poster title: “Male intelligence influences male mating success in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)”

2008 Keagy, J. BEES RoundUp and Graduate Student Research Day, University of Maryland, Talk title: “Male satin bowerbird problem solving ability influences mating success”

2007 Keagy, J. and Borgia, G. Organismal Biology Day, University of Maryland, Poster title: “Male satin bowerbird cognitive ability may affect mating success”

Presentations (co-author, National/International Meetings):

2014 Lettieri, L., Keagy, J., and Boughman, J. 15th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, New York, NY, Talk title: "Courtship behavior is a crucial trait maintaining sexual isolation between ecomorphs of stickleback"

2014 Boughman, J., Keagy, J., and Lettieri, L. GENOMES TO/AUX BIOMES MONTREAL 2014 (1st joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Ecology & Evolution (CSEE), the Canadian Society of Zoology (CSZ) and the the Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL)), Montreal, Quebec. Talk title: "Male competition generates fitness landscapes that explain forward and reverse speciation"

2013 Lettieri, L., Keagy, J., and Boughman, J. Evolution 2013, Snowbird, UT, Talk title: "Female choice is a diversifying force in sticklebacks"

2012 Lettieri, L., Keagy, J., and Boughman, J. Evolution 2012, First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Talk title: "Moving targets and double agents: sexual selection in sticklebacks"

2012 Lettieri, L., Keagy, J., and Boughman, J. Stickleback 2012, Seventh International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution, Seattle, WA, Talk title: "Moving targets and double agents: sexual selection in sticklebacks"

2012 Lettieri, L., Keagy, J., and Boughman, J. 14th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, Lund, Sweden, Talk title: "Moving targets and double agents: sexual selection in sticklebacks"

2010 Savard, J-F, Keagy, J., Siani, J., Coleman, S., Chappell, M., and Borgia, G. 47th Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, Talk title: "Aerobic capacity predicts the qualit of sexual display in satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)”

2008 Borgia, G., Fagan, W., Reynolds, S., Uy, J.A.C., Patricelli, G., Coleman, S., Savard, J-F, and Keagy, J. 12th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, Ithaca, NY, Talk title: “Mate searching in satin bowerbirds – implications for sexual selection”

2008 Cendes, L.M., Keagy, J., Savard, J-F, and Borgia, G. 12th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, Ithaca, NY, Poster title: “The frequency of use of a cue reflects female indecision in mate choice”

2008 Savard, J-F, Keagy, J., and Borgia, G. 12th International Society of Behavioral Ecology Meeting, Ithaca, NY, Poster title: “Mismatch between male display intensity and female preference in satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) plumage display”

2007 Savard, J-F, Keagy, J., and Borgia, G. 44th Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT, Poster title: “Spatial dynamics and modulation of courtship in satin bowerbirds, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

2005 Cristol, D., DesRochers, D., Keagy, J., LeClerc, J., Snell-rood, E. 2005. 90th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. Talk title: “Are created habitats for the birds?”

2002 DesRochers, D.W., Keagy, J.C., Cristol, D.A. 2002. 3rd North American Ornithological Conference, New Orleans, LA, Poster title: “Breeding bird use on created tidal wetlands of southeast Virginia”

Presentations by Undergrad Mentees (denoted with *):

2014 Martinez, J.*, Doolittle, D.*, Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. BEACON Congress, East Lansing, MI, Poster title: "Genetic basis of female mate discrimination in recently diverged species of threespine sticklebacks"

2014 Doolittle, D.*, Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. 2014 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE), East Lansing, MI, Poster title: "Selection pressures cause adaptive divergence in brain regions of threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)"

2014 Martinez, J.*, Doolittle, D.*, Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. 2014 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE), East Lansing, MI, Poster title: "Genetic basis of female mate discrimination in recently diverged species of threespine sticklebacks"

2013 Lindo, A.*, Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. 2013 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE), East Lansing, MI, Poster title: "Social Cognition Capabilities in the Three-spined Sticklebacks of Cranby Lake, British Columbia"

2013 Baird, A.*, LoPresto, S.*, Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. 2013 MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, East Lansing, MI, Poster title: "Decision Making in Three-Spined Sticklebacks Through Social Observation"

2012 Lehto, W.*, Minter, R.*, Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. NSF BEACON site visit, East Lansing, MI, Poster title: "Social Information Influences Foraging Decisions in Sticklebacks"

2012 Lehto, W.*, Minter, R.*, Keagy, J. and Boughman, J. 2012 MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, East Lansing, MI, Poster title: "Social Information Influences Foraging Decisions in Sticklebacks"

News and Reviews of My Research:

Science. 8 August 2014. Elizabeth Pennisi. In the battle for fitness, being smart doesn’t always pay. [pdf]

Feedback. The Association for Study of Animal Behavior Newsletter. January 2011. Michael Dockery. [pdf].

BBC Wildlife Magazine. April 2010. "Smart is sexy"

The Psych Files. 25 September 2009. Michael A. Britt, Ph.D. Episode 105: Smart birds are more successful with the ladies.

ABC Sydney Radio (702) Breakfast with Adam Spencer. 2 September 2009.

ABC Canberra Radio (666) Breakfast with Ross Sully. 2 September 2009.

Sydney Morning Herald. 2 September 2009. Deborah Smith. Why eggheads get the girls and birdbrains don't.

In Focus, Animal Behaviour. 29 August 2009. Louise Barrett and Michael Breed. [pdf].

Science 28 August 2009. 325:1053. Constance Holden. Random Samples: It's fit to be smart. [pdf]

Discover, 80beats blog. 24 August 2009. Allison Bond. For Australian birds, smart is sexy.

ScienceNOW. 21 August 2009. Constance Holden. Brainy birds get more chicks.

Wired.co.uk. 20 August 2009. Michael Conroy. How geeks get girls.

New Scientist. 19 August 2009. Ewen Callaway. Why geeks get the girls.

BBC EARTH NEWS. 18 August 2009. Jody Bourton. Bird brains prove to be very sexy.

The Washington Post. 14 February 2008. Claire Miller. The Bower of Love: Male birds in Australia seek to impress with flowers and dancing.

Teaching Experience:

Ecological Aspects of Behavior (MSU ZOO 415) Guest Lecture. April 19, 2011, November 30, 2011, November 27, 2013.

Principles of Biology II Laboratory HONORS (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution) (UMCP BSCI 106H) Fall 2009, 2008, 2007.

Mammology Laboratory (UMCP BSCI 335) Spring 2009.

Principles of Biology II Laboratory (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution) (UMCP BSCI 106) Spring 2008, 2007, 2006

Mammalian Physiology Laboratory (UMCP BSCI 441) Spring 2005.

Professional Service:

Reviewer of International Society of Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) 2014 meeting abstracts

Organized with Neeltje Boogert a symposium on Sexual Selection and Cognition for Behaviour 2013 meeting

Judge at 2013 and 2014 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE), East Lansing, MI

Session chair at Evolution 2013 and 2014

Reviewer of Behaviour 2013 meeting abstracts

Reviewer for SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program

Reviewer for: Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biological Reviews, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, Evolution, PLoS One

Reviewed project proposals for BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (2012, 2013, 2014)

Member of: Animal Behavior Society, International Society of Behavioral Ecology, American Ornithological Union, Society for the Study of Evolution, Sigma Xi

BEES Graudate Program Student Representative (2009-2010)

BEES Graduate Program Social Chair (2008-2009)

Host for prospective graduate student at MSU (2011-2014)

Host for prospective graduate students at UMD (2004, 2008-2010)

Host for recruitment functions at UMD (2009-2010)

Organized Origin of Species discussion group (2008)

Mentoring:

Mentoring 2 MSU undergraduates, Peter Vites and Clayton Batko, on an independent research project.

Committee member for Master’s student, Ross Minter, at Denver University.

Mentored 2 Integrative Biology of Social Behaviors (IBSB) REU students (2013: Ashley Lindo, 2014: Katelyn Doolittle). Both presented their research at the Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE).

Mentored MSU undergraduate Jonatan Martinez who presented work that he did with Katelyn Doolittle at the 2014 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE). Jonatan is continuing to do independent research in the lab.

Mentored 2 MSU undergraduates (Ashley Baird and Sarah LoPresto) on an independent research project that was presented at the 2013 MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.

Mentored 2 MSU undergraduates (Whitley Lehto and Ross Minter) on an independent research project that was presented at the 2012 MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum and 2012 BEACON NSF site visit.

Supervised ~20 undergraduate students while at MSU.

Supervised ~120 undergraduate students over the course of time at UMD.

Mentored an undergraduate student at UMD on an independent project.

Supervised ~25 field assistants over the course of my field work in Australia.

Trained 6 graduate students in the field in Australia (1:2004, 1:2006, 2:2008, 2:2010).

Supervised 2 undergraduate research assistants during my honors thesis (2002).

Outreach:

Volunteer at 2013 Middle School Girls Math and Science Day at Michigan State University. This is a day where middle school girls can try science demos and games while working with enthusiastic and knowledgeable science students and researchers at MSU.

Darwin Discovery Day 2012, 2013, and 2014 at the MSU Museum. This event is targeted towards the public, especially families with children. I worked on an exhibit explaining natural selection that included games and live stickleback fish. In addition, I assisted with interpretation of BEACON exhibits that discuss evolution in action and especially the intersection between biology, engineering, computer science, and industry.

BEACON Researchers at Work Blog. May 28, 2012.

Camp stickleback. A blog about our stickleback research.

Featured in Feedback, the Association for Study of Animal Behavior Newsletter, January 2011, Edited by Michael Dockery. [pdf] . This publication features activities for students of various levels utilizing one of my publications.

Gave talk at Nerd Nite, D.C. on March 13, 2010, titled “Sex on the brain? Scientific studies show intelligence IS sexy!” Nerd Nite is an opportunity to present interesting research to nonspecialists in a fun atmosphere.